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MITC tips exporters on certification

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The Malawi Investment and Trade Centre (MITC) has challenged exporters in the country to get affiliated with the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) to boost their market network in Scotland and other markets in Europe.

This follows the launch of the WFTO Africa Kick-Start Malawi Programme.

In a statement, MITC says, under the programme, the Scottish Fair Trade Forum in partnership with WFTO Africa will support at least three Malawi-based social enterprises to become WFTO guaranteed members.

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“Specifically, the WFTO Africa Kick-Start Malawi Programme is looking to provide Malawi-based enterprises with hands-on support to selected enterprises to embed fair trade principles and achieve WFTO-guaranteed fair trade status, financial support to cover initial costs associated with WFTO application, membership and audit and opportunities for the selected enterprises organisation to build international trade links and a route to the Scotland Fair Trade market,” the statement reads.

MITC spokesperson Deliby Chimbalu said all enterprises are encouraged to participate but are expected to meet set requirements.

“WFTO is looking to work with enterprises that are already exporting or are at the take-off stage for export, are aligned to fair trade and are interested in integrating fair trade to their business practices and those that provide opportunities to disadvantaged producers. The window for applications will close on November 7 2022.

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“As MITC, we are encouraging those that meet the stated criteria to apply. These are the kind of opportunities that will help us develop our capacity in international trade,” Chimbalu said.

The WFTO is the global community and verifier of social enterprises that fully practice fair trade.

Currently, it is present in 76 countries and is democratically run by its members, who are part of a broader community of over 1,000 social enterprises and 1,500 shops.

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